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Maria Mitchell

Maria Mitchell [pronounced "mə-RYE-ə"] was an American astronomer, who in 1847 by using a telescope, discovered a comet, which as a result became known as "Miss Mitchell's Comet." She won a gold medal prize for her discovery, which was presented to her by King Christian VIII of Denmark. On the medal was inscribed "Non Frustra Signorum Obitus Speculamur et Ortus" in Latin. Mitchell was the first American woman to work as a professional astronomer... Read More

BornAugust 1, 1818
Nantucket, Massachusetts,
United States
DiedJune 28, 1889 (aged 70)
Lynn, Massachusetts,
United States
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